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Bachmann dubs Perry’s HPV vaccination mandate “Perrycare”

Time to add a new term to the 2012 lexicon: “Perrycare.”

That’s what Michele Bachmann dubbed Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s 2007 mandate that all Texas schoolgirls get a vaccination against HPV. She used it today in a new web video.

Bachmann said she opposes the “abuse of executive power and crony capitalism” she contends Perry took part in during the HPV episode. The line of attack is similar to one she used in Monday night’s presidential debate.

“As a mom of three daughters, I believe that parents are the ones who should decide whether or not our young daughters should receive injections for sexually transmitted diseases,” she said in the video. “I think these are decisions that are best left to parents, to our children and to their doctors and I think we should take into consideration the child’s health and also a family’s values.”

Conspicuously missing from this video are statements Bachmann made earlier this week when she implied there was a link between the HPV vaccine and mental retardation. She’s been panned for the remark, and the scientific community has roundly rejected the contention that there is any connection.

Here’s the new video:

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Tom Miller on 09/19/2011 - 06:45 am.

    Bachmann’s medical plan could be called “DoesntCare.”

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